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Ikea Malm Queen Bed and 6 Drawer Chest

So today was the first day of moving and cleaning day at the new place. Today was a really nice day too. First day this spring where it’s really nice and not cold. Temperature was around 64F.


My main task today was to put together the Malm bed and Malm drawers from Ikea. Before I got into it though I washed the floor first just so the furniture wont sit in dirt for the next few years and then collect even more dirt. After that was done it was time to start opening up the boxes and assemble!

The Malm bed comes in 3 boxes.


It wasn’t too hard putting together the entire bed. Pretty simple. One thing I noticed at the end was that I didnt have the midbeam! I read many things before buying this bed. Some said that the midbeam comes with it and is in one of the boxes. Some said they didn’t have it and responses was that they probably forgot a box. I checked the Ikea website to make sure it comes with it or not. The Ikea website was a bit misleading. Here’s what the website says:

Midbeam is included in the price but is packaged separately.
Slatted bed base, mattress and bedlinens are sold separately.

So from that and from what I read I just figured that it’ll be in one of the 3 boxes. The slatted bed base would be the only thing I gotta pick up separately. I was so wrong.

The midbeam is just like the slatted bed base. You gotta pick them up separately. Why did the website just include the midbeam in the pricing? Why can’t they just leave it out of price and say you need to pick it up separately just like the slatted bed base? I mean if it’s a necessary item then just include it in the 3 packaging (or add a 4th).

At the Malm bed showroom they didn’t even have the midbeam listed. They didn’t say that’s a part you gotta get yourself. That’s a big reason why I didn’t even bother looking for it later. They did have slatted bed base there though.

So anyway, here’s a picture of the complete Malm bed minus the midbeam and slatted bed base. I cant put on the slatted bed base without the midbeam so that will have to wait.

The Malm 6 drawer chest comes in 2 boxes. That was pretty straight forward. Just needed what they stated which was just the 2 boxes.



Upon opening the boxes I noticed a large bag of screws, nails, etc. It was horrifying. This has probably 5x as much stuff as the bed. It took me awhile to sort it out. I didnt even bother counting them to see if they were all there.


The drawer wasn’t too hard to put together. Just very time consuming. I wasn’t able to finish putting it all together though. It was getting too late so I stopped with 3 1/2 drawers left to assemble.

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  1. timo
    August 6th, 2009 at 15:00 | #1

    i am looking at getting this bed, could u tell me did the headboard come with the pack when u bought the bed frame or was it an added extra?

  2. Frank
    August 6th, 2009 at 15:21 | #2

    Whatever you see in the pics are what was included. Nothing was extra. They are all included in boxes 1, 2, and 3. The other special headboards cost extra though.

  3. Soheil
    September 20th, 2009 at 11:43 | #3

    Excellent post at a great time. I’m just shopping online for MALM stuff for our new home, thanks.

  4. Mo
    October 9th, 2009 at 18:21 | #4

    hey do you have to install the mid beam and those long metal brackets in the middle of the bed? reason being I have a temperpedic memory foam mattress and it has to be used with the box it came with, also I dont want the bed to sit up that high with the slatted base, box and mattress on top of it so i want to put the box spring on the floor with the bed frame surrounding it and the mattress on top of that. will this work? I dont have an ikea in my city so I cant see it in person. thanks

  5. Keisha A.
    January 6th, 2010 at 18:40 | #5

    I too have been duped! Purchased this bed frame on December 19th. I didn’t have anyone to put it together until today and what I am stuck with is no place to sleep! So disappointed in Ikea. Why would they not say that you had to purchase the mid beam as well.

  6. Gustavo Ceballos
    May 2nd, 2010 at 11:13 | #6

    I just bought a MALM (5/1/2010)bed and was missing the midbeam. I had to travel 340 miles round trip to go to this store. I did this to save $150.00 they quoted me for freight. this is ridiculous I too don’t have a place to sleep (unless I put by bed in the living room. Did anybody have luck with IKEA picking up the TAB for the midbeam?

  7. Myra
    August 14th, 2010 at 21:23 | #7

    When I went to Ikea, I saw that the footboard sticks out further than the side rails (on both sides). Did I see a full size bed and that’s why it was sticking out like that? I like how your queen bed looks. I’m confused.

    Thanks for your help.

  8. senator dingdong
    January 16th, 2012 at 22:33 | #8

    Live in milwaukee.
    drove to chicago.
    bought the malm.
    put it together.
    no mid beam.
    sleeping on the floor tonight.
    driving to another 200 miles….(99 each way) to get the rest of our bed….and punch someone in the face.

  9. Giulia Ozyesilpinar
    January 31st, 2012 at 18:13 | #9

    UGLIEST THING I EVER SAW IN MY LIFE I WISHED NEVER BOUGHT IT

  10. my actual name
    November 29th, 2013 at 06:28 | #10

    Same problem with the mid beam. So misleading.
    Sleeping on the floor tonight.

    Thanks for the post!

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